Mrs. Smith-Jones, a 60-year-old gran, has donated one of her kidneys to her 7-year-old granddaughter thereby giving her a new lease of life.
Eva Dowling was diagnosed with a rare and fatal kidney and liver disease known as atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome when she was 3 months old.
AdvertisementThe girl was unable to eat or drink and had to spend days in the hospital undergoing dialysis. She had to be fed via a tube in the stomach and also required frequent blood transfusions.
Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome is a disease condition that produces clots that block the blood vessels and can lead to kidney failure.
Doctors were skeptical of a kidney transplant in her for fear of increased chances of organ rejection likely due to frequent blood transfusions.
When gran Eileen Smith-Jones fortunately found herself a perfect match for kidney transplant, she generously came forward to donate a kidney to her granddaughter and transformed her life.
The 60-year-old gran has also broken the age gap record by donating kidney to her 6-year-old granddaughter - the biggest ever age gap between a donor and a recipient in the UK.
Eva, who has named her new kidney 'Miss Kitty', has now successfully got rid of the milk formula and enjoys chocolates and porridge.
She is now able to attend full-time school since she has to visit hospital only once a fortnight.
Mrs. Smith-Jones too has recuperated well from the surgery. 'Unfortunately giving a kidney didn't make me any lighter,' she said. 'But my cravings for chocolate and red wine have gone.'
Eva's mother Nicola Dowling, 34, is very much thankful to her mother for what she has done.
The transplant was made possible only by a prohibitively costly drug called Eculizumab, which suppresses the immune system.
Ms Dowling said "We want to get the message out there that it is a lifesaver and without it people like Eva wouldn't be able to even have a transplant."
It is likely that Eva has to take the drug through the rest of her life, and her family is hoping to get funding from the NHS for the Ģ12,000-a-month drug.
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